Contributed by Patchogue-Medford School District.
Patchogue-Medford High School select Latino students attended the Eighteenth Annual Nassau and Suffolk Counties Hispanic Youth Conference 'La Vision: Juntos Podemos (Together We Can)' on Friday, Oct. 5 at Stony Brook University Student Activities Center.
The conference addressed issues regarding attaining an education, social, developmental and economic issues to ensure all Latino students reach higher standards of excellence.
Special guest speaker Dr. Harold A. Fernandez, Deputy Chief Cardiothoracic Surgery Division, Stony Brook Medicine welcomed all students who attended. He shared his life story beginning with arriving in the United States at the age of 13 as an undocumented immigrant from Columbia and within ten years received his BS in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. He then furthered his education receiving his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by his residency at NYU Medical Center.
He continues to be an inspiration to students and donated his biography, "Undocumented" to the library at Patchogue-Medford High School for all our students to be able to borrow and read.